Issue: Volume XVI No. 15 - November 02, 2009

Catholic Health Initiatives Signs Pact with PAML

CEO SUMMARY: In concept, it is a simple deal. Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), the nation’s second largest Catholic health system, is taking a 25% equity position in Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML). However, the consequences may be significant. PAML now has an open door to develop laboratory joint ventures with the 78 hospitals operated by …

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FDA Advisory Panel Convenes To Assess Whole Slide Imaging

Editor’s Note: Guest writer Martin Perry attended the FDA’s advisory panel on digital pathology conducted earlier this month. He is CEO of The Perry Group and has extensive experience in imaging and healthcare. He offers his insights from the FDA proceedings on digital pathology imaging. DIGITAL PATHOLOGY CONTINUES to gain acceptance at a steady but …

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Health Info Exchange (HIE) Helps South Bend Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Across the country, there are many efforts to create Regional Health Information Exchanges (HIEs). This has the potential to change the way laboratories connect electronically with referring physicians. This is true in South Bend, Indiana, where the Michiana Health Information Network (MHIN) has operated for 10 years. It turns out that MHIN has …

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New Privacy Breach Law Requires Labs to Respond

CEO SUMMARY: There were plenty of headlines about the passage of HITECH last February because of how it expanded funding for electronic medical records. But lesser known are new requirements that providers, including labs and pathology groups, must now take specific compliance actions in response to breaches involving protected health information (PHI). Enforcement of these …

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Physicians in Survey Recognize Lack of Genetic Test Knowledge

MOST PHYSICIANS BELIEVE they are inadequately informed about pharmacogenomics (PGx) and how to utilize genetic tests. That’s the finding of a survey of 10,303 physicians and reveals an opportunity for pathologists and clinical lab professionals to fill an unmet need. In fact, only 10% of the 10,303 physicians responding to the survey believed they have …

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DC Area Labs Busy Hiring Subspecialist Pathologists

CEO SUMMARY: When a mass exodus of at least 15 civilian subspecialist pathologists left the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP) to join the newly-formed American International Pathology Laboratories (AIPL) in September, it triggered a number of consequences for both labs, along with a slew of rumors. AFIP reports that it is maintaining services and …

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November 02, 2009 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Digital microfluidics and lab-on-a-chip technologies are being combined to create a new way to measure breast estrogen levels in women. An interdisciplinary group at the University of Toronto developed a lab-on-a-chip technique to analyze blood and breast tissue to identify women at risk of breast cancer. “Breast estrogen levels in women at risk are not …

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